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Two companies fined after fatality in Brentford

Two construction companies have been fined a total of £65,000 after a man was killed when a steel beam weighing more than a tonne fell on him while it was being unloaded from a lorry.

Fisher Engineering Ltd. and CM Structural Services Ltd. had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 over the June 2008 incident.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced its intention to prosecute the two companies as a result of the incident which resulted in the death of a French national Hugues Makambila, 35 who was working as a cleaner on the construction site at Harlequin Avenue, Brentford.

On the morning of 5 June 2008, a lorry load of steel beams arrived on site and parked adjacent to a pedestrian walkway in an area not designated for unloading.

An HSE investigation found that a company director of CM Structural Services Ltd had noticed a steel beam was hanging over the right side of the lorry, but no measures were taken to restrain the load or to prevent the beam from falling.

During unloading, a steel beam weighing 1.382 tonnes fell from the lorry onto the pedestrian walkway and onto Mr Makambila, from Bordeaux, who was on the pedestrian walkway of the site. He died instantly.

Fisher Engineering Ltd, of Ballinamallard, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £16,595. CM Structural Services Ltd, of Killynure Road, Carryduff, Northern Ireland was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,692.


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